Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Businesses Endorse Mask-Wearing to Protect Employees, Customers, Communities

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 25, 2020 Economy,  Press Release,  Public Health Multiple research studies indicate the efficacy of mask-wearing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing also has been called altruistic, a way to increase our freedoms, and a simple kindness. Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s call to wear masks has been endorsed by Pennsylvania businesses that see mask-wearing as vital to protecting customers, employees, communities and their bottom lines.“The COVID-19 guidance we provided to Pennsylvania businesses includes required mask-wearing by all who enter a business – employees and customers – because we know owners want to do all they can to protect those who help them maintain their bottom line,” Gov. Wolf said. “I’m pleased that employers both large and small have taken this guidance seriously and are joining me in a call to protect against the spread of COVID-19.”“The GIANT Company continues to take the necessary steps to keep our customers and team members safe in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus – from requiring team members to wear masks to checkstand partitions at registers, plus other social distancing and strict sanitation protocols,” said president Nicholas Bertram. “Everyone should continue to do their part as good neighbors to follow the mask-wearing guidance put forth by Governor Wolf to protect each other and help stop the spread of the virus.”“Businesses should model the importance of safety and precaution through their practices — including masks — to build customer trust and ultimately keep everyone safe,” Mallory Fix Lopez, owner, On Point Bistro in South Philadelphia said. “This also leads to more sustainable business. Safe employees mean a secure workforce. Additionally, customers have faith they are safe when patronizing the business. The use of masks is key to public health and business sustainability, and it’s essential that businesses are actively supporting the use of masks.”“As a hair salon owner, the safety of my customers is important to me,” said Georgeanne Huff-Labovitz, owner of Marie Huff Hairdressing in Tacony in NE Philadelphia. “I am taking every effort to ensure their safety. Wearing a face covering protects everyone and prevents the spread of COVID-19 and is a key part of safely reopening my business and serving my customers.”Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine made mask-wearing a requirement of businesses with in-person operations via the secretary’s order that grants her this authority granted by law.The governor and secretary of Health’s business guidance centered around reopening includes the mask-wearing requirement. The guidance states that businesses must “Require all customers to wear masks while on the premises. Businesses that provide medication, medical supplies or groceries must provide an alternate, no contact, means of delivering goods for customers who cannot wear a mask. However, individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2 years per CDC guidance) may enter the premises and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition.”Read more on Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen PA here.Ver esta página en español.center_img Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Businesses Endorse Mask-Wearing to Protect Employees, Customers, Communitieslast_img read more

Dutch scheme funding declines during second quarter

first_imgThe financial position of Dutch pension funds deteriorated in the second quarter, according to the country’s regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).Combined liabilities across the country’s 229 schemes rose by €96bn to €1,463bn, which DNB said was largely down to declining interest rates – the main criterion for discounting liabilities.Based on reporting by Dutch pension schemes, the supervisor said that combined assets rose by €55bn to €1,488bn.Since March, the proportion of pension rights managed by pension funds with a funding level below 104.2% has increased from 56% to 60%. Until recently, 104.2% was the minimum required funding level. Pension funds with a shortfall for a continuous period of five years had to cut benefits.However, as part of the pensions agreement struck between the social partners and the cabinet in June, the government decided to temporarily lower the minimum required funding level to 100%, in order to reduce the chance of cuts.DNB said that pension funds’ coverage ratio dropped by 1.3 percentage point to 106% on average in the second quarter of 2019.The funding level of 51 schemes fell short of 104.2%, while 53 pension funds – representing 20% of all pension entitlements – were more than 104.2% funded.110 pension funds had a funding level exceeding 110%, which would allow them to grant at least partial inflation compensation. Full indexation is allowed only when a scheme reaches a coverage ratio of more than 125%.Despite the government lowering the minimum required funding level to 100%, many of the Dutch pension funds – including four of the five largest – face imminent benefit cuts following the introduction of lower assumptions for future returns.As a consequence, pension funds’ “critical funding level” is to increase. Schemes with a shortfall relative to this critical coverage level must cut pension rights immediately.This has put the €442bn civil service scheme and the €217bn healthcare scheme PFZW in the danger zone. Under the old rules, their funding level at the end of 2020 would have been the criterion for rights discounts in 2021.The large metal industry schemes PMT (€77bn) and PME (€50bn) still facing cuts in 2020, as their funding ratio at the end of the second quarter was below 100%.last_img read more

Five things to know about ‘gender dysphoria’ in children

first_imgLifeSiteNews 19 August 2016“Gender dysphoria” (GD) is a condition in which a person may feel unhappy with his or her biological sex, express a desire to be the opposite sex, or even insist that he or she is of the opposite sex from what his or her genes and anatomy indicate. People who choose to adopt a “gender identity” different from their biological sex are known as “transgender.”This condition is increasingly being identified not merely in adults, but even in very young, pre-pubescent children. The American College of Pediatricians (an organization formed as an alternative to the larger and more liberal American Academy of Pediatrics), has now released an important paper on “Gender Dysphoria in Children.” It provides a significant medical and scientific counterweight to the growing ideology that demands affirmation of “transgender” identities—even in children.I encourage those interested to read the College’s press release and the full study. For those wanting a brief summary, however, here are five key points I took away from the paper.1) There is no scientific evidence that people with gender dysphoria are “born in the wrong body.”Those who identify as transgender often claim that they are “women born in men’s bodies” or “men born in women’s bodies.” Yet the scientific evidence put forward in support of this theory is weak. In fact, studies of twins have shown that when one twin identifies as transgender, only 20% of the time does the other twin also identify as transgender. This finding alone disproves the idea that gender dysphoria results primarily from prenatal genetic or hormonal influences. (Note: “gender dysphoria” is not the same as biological “disorders of sexual development”—DSD—or “intersex” conditions. The vast majority of people who identify as transgender are entirely normal males or females genetically and biologically.)2) Most children who experience gender dysphoria do not grow up to identify as transgender adults.Research has shown that, left to themselves—that is, if they are not given special hormone treatments and not permitted to “transition” into living socially as a person of the opposite sex—most children who exhibit symptoms of “gender dysphoria” will resolve those issues before adulthood and will live as normal males or females with a “gender identity” that corresponds to (rather than conflicts with) their biological sex at birth. Historically, this has been true of between 80% and 95% of gender dysphoric children.3) Despite #2, many children with gender dysphoria are now being funneled into a treatment protocol that involves both early and ongoing hormone treatments.It is one thing (and radical enough) for someone born a boy to be allowed to start living as a girl, or vice versa (that is, to “socially transition”). However, some children (as young as 11) are actually being given hormones to block the natural effects of puberty before it begins. The physical differences between male and female children (when clothed) are relatively small and fairly easy to conceal with clothing. Those differences become greater after puberty, which in turn makes it more difficult for a teenager who identifies as transgender to “pass” as a member of the opposite biological sex. Puberty blockers are intended to forestall that “problem.”Then when they are older (although sometimes as young as 16), they may begin to receive “cross-sex hormones” (e.g., estrogen for males who identify as female, or testosterone for females who identify as male). These continue the suppression of characteristics of their biological sex, while triggering some of the characteristics of the intended gender (such as breast growth or development of facial hair).4) Such hormone treatments may have serious negative health consequences—both known and unknown.Supporters of puberty-blocking hormones contend that their effects are reversible, giving a child the opportunity to change his or her mind about gender “transition” upon reaching adulthood. Case studies show, however, that in reality such an intervention puts the child on a nearly inevitable path to a transgender identity—in sharp contrast to most gender dysphoric children who are not so treated. Completion of the entire protocol of both puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones (especially when followed by sex reassignment surgery) results in permanent sterility—the inability to ever have biological children, even using artificial reproductive technology. The American College of Pediatricians argues, “The treatment of GD in childhood with hormones effectively amounts to mass experimentation on, and sterilization of, youth who are cognitively incapable of providing informed consent.”As for cross-sex hormones, a comprehensive review of the scientific literature found, “There are potentially long-term safety risks associated with hormone therapy, but none have been proven or conclusively ruled out.” For example, giving estrogen to biological males may place them at risk for cardiovascular disease, elevated blood pressure, gall bladder disease, and breast cancer; while giving testosterone to biological females may be associated with elevated triglycerides, sleep apnea, and insulin resistance—in addition to the risks associated with obtaining a double mastectomy, which some may do when only 16 years old.5) Research shows that “severe psychopathology and developmental difficulties” often precede the development of gender dysphoria.A more compassionate approach to caring for children with gender dysphoria would involve what was once the “standard approach”—either “watchful waiting” or psychotherapy “to address familial pathology if it was present, treat any psychosocial morbidities in the child, and aid the child in aligning gender identity with biological sex.” Children are in no position to given meaningful “informed consent” for more serious and potentially hazardous procedures such as hormone therapy.https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/five-things-to-know-about-gender-dysphoria-in-childrenlast_img read more

1 killed, another hurt in Pavia road crash

first_imgThe 31-year-old Efren Garcia of BarangayHibao-an Norte, Mandurriao district died of head and body injuries, a policereport showed. The injured person was identified asCymark Ferdinand Mirasol, 35, of Arevalo district. ILOILO City – A man was killed andanother was injured in a road crash in Barangay Pandac, Pavia, Iloilo. According to police investigators, Garciawas driving a tricycle when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven byMirasol around 1:12 a.m. on Dec. 15. Garcia died on the spot. Mirasol, meanwhile, was brought to theIloilo Doctor’s Hospital in Molo district for medical treatment./PNlast_img

O’Shea already eyeing Germany test

first_img Ireland found themselves thrust back into the path of one of world football’s superpowers when they were drawn into the same Euro 2016 qualifying group for the campaign which gets under way in September. Ireland will launch their preparations in earnest in Dublin on Wednesday evening when they tackle Serbia in a friendly following a victory over Latvia and a draw in Poland in November as new management duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane launched their reign. John O’Shea is determined to set the record straight as Ireland prepare to meet the force of Germany once again. “But there are lots of other teams in the group as well who will be confident of taking their chances too to qualify because of the extra team that can qualify also. “But we are fully aware. Look, we will see how Germany do in the World Cup in the summer beforehand as well, so we will know the quality we are going to be facing.” A convincing victory over an admittedly limited Latvian team and a hard-fought 0-0 draw in Poznan eased O’Neill and Keane into their new roles, but the hard work began in earnest this week as the pair started the process of honing their squad for the new campaign. Serbia will represent a significantly stiffer test, and that is exactly what the manager wants with the draw for Euro 2016 in Nice having served to focus minds on the task ahead. O’Neill said: “It’s very close now. That’s focused attention, [last] Sunday in Nice. “From my viewpoint – maybe not from the players’ at this point, they have still got big club matches to go – but from my viewpoint, it’s something I will be concentrating on now. “I know that there’s a World Cup still to be played, but for me, yes absolutely, September, it will honestly fly around now.” O’Neill has signalled his intention to play an attacking brand of football where possible, a contrast to Trapattoni’s famously conservative approach. However, he will not adopt a gung-ho approach as he attempts to mould his team and playing style. He said: “We want to try to score more goals, and the very natural thing is you want to try to create more chances to score more goals, so that’s something we would be looking to try to do if it’s at all possible. “We have only had a couple of sessions, these are easy words for me to use at this moment. “It’s nice, it’s comfortable and then Serbia keep ball for 10 minutes in the game and then you’re asking, ‘Where is this freedom of expression?’, so just be steady. “Serbia will be a real test for us for a start. Also, these matches in the Euros will be major tests for us, so while it’s nice to hear these type of words that we are talking about, we have to earn the right to express ourselves. I think that’s really important.” Press Association But memories of a 6-1 humiliation by the Germans at the Aviva Stadium in October 2102 and a 3-0 defeat in Cologne in the reverse fixture 12 months later remain painfully fresh for those men who were on the receiving end. Sitting alongside O’Neill, central defender O’Shea said: “Well look, you know how good they are. “You want to test yourself against the best players, but also you can’t be greedy all the time and say you want the easiest group or you want this and you want that. “You get who you get and you have to get on with it. Germany will be a massive test for us, but look, I know the man alongside of me and we are not going to be having a team-talk beforehand thinking, ‘We are going out and we are not going to win this game’. “That’s something that’s going to be very positive to look forward to.” The Dublin demolition job very nearly cost then manager Giovanni Trapattoni his job, and his tenure was effectively on a downward slope from that moment on. But professional pride dictates that the Irishmen who were so ruthlessly ripped apart that night are determined to atone for that capitulation this time around. O’Shea, 32, said: “Definitely. Particularly at home especially, that will definitely be the case. last_img read more

Pellegrini plays down FFP threat

first_img Asked if he was worried about the possibility of sanctions, Pellegrini told a news conference: “No. First of all it is important to know what UEFA will have to say and then we can have an opinion. “It is important for the club but I am not the person in charge of those kinds of things.” City have had no indication from UEFA about any possible action and senior sources at the club insist they are comfortable with their position. The CFCB’s investigatory chamber, headed by former Belgium prime minister Jean-Luc Dehaene, will conclude its meeting on Wednesday and those clubs judged to have committed serious breaches of FFP rules will be referred to the CFCB’s adjudicatory panel for a final verdict, with UEFA to announce details of all sanctions around May 5. City, who have lost £149million in the past two seasons, and PSG are among the 76 clubs under investigation. The CFCB panel will have four options open to them: to dismiss the case; to agree a settlement with the club effectively putting them on probation; to issue a reprimand and fine of up to 100,000 euros; or in serious cases to refer the club to the adjudicatory chamber. Clubs can appeal against any decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. PSG’s position looks to be the most perilous – the Qatari-owned club wiped out their losses via a back-dated sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority. As it is a deal with a party related to the owners, however, the French club have to convince UEFA the deal is of fair market value. Press Association City are among a number of clubs, including Paris St Germain, that are having their cases considered this week by UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) which will decide if they have committed breaches of the break-even rules. The possible sanctions will be announced in early May and range from a warning to a fine, up to a salary cap for a club’s European squad or even being barred from next season’s Champions League. UEFA has confirmed that it cannot impose transfer embargoes. French newspaper L’Equipe reported last month that UEFA officials found the Paris club’s officials “a bit haughty” in the discussions over FFP but that Manchester City had been more convincing. Clubs are permitted to lose up to 45million euro (£37million) over the last two years under UEFA’s rules. City made losses of £97.9million in 2012 and £51.6million last year but can write off sums spent on facilities, youth development and a number of other items. Other top English clubs have little to fear, with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United being in the black in both years. Chelsea made a £49.4million loss last year but made a £1.4million profit in 2012 so will comply. Liverpool, who have lost £90million over the last two years, and other clubs such as Monaco who are not playing in Europe this season will not have to pass the FFP rules until next autumn with any sanctions applicable in 2015. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not worried by the possibility of the club being sanctioned by UEFA for breaching financial fair play (FFP) rules. last_img read more

Dr. Fauci Predicts Millions of Americans to Be Infected, Over 100,000 Could Die

first_imgThe coronavirus outbreak could kill from 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview Sunday.The U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert made the prediction on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that millions across the country could become infected.As of Sunday morning, the U.S. had about 125,000 infections and 2,200 deaths, based on a tally being maintained by the Johns Hopkins University.The confirmed global death toll has surpassed 32,000, while new epicenters are emerging in U.S. cities including Detroit, New Orleans and Chicago.Spain and Italy account for more than half of the world’s death toll, with each of those two countries still seeing over 800 deaths per day.However, experts say the worldwide virus toll numbers are under-represented due to limited testing and political decisions about which bodies to count. Unlike the U.S., France and Italy have not been counting deaths that take place at home or in nursing homes.‘’Europe must demonstrate that it is able to respond to this historic call,’’ Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said late Saturday. “I will fight until the last drop of sweat, until the last gram of energy, to obtain a strong, vigorous, cohesive European response.”Meanwhile, President Trump backtracked late Saturday on the possibility he had raise that morning to quarantine New York and neighboring states, largely due to criticism and questions about the legality of such a move.Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory which asks all residents of New York City and others in New York state, New Jersey and Connecticut to avoid all nonessential travel for 14 days.last_img read more

Shooting at SC Nightclub Leaves at Least Two People Dead, Eight Hurt

first_imgCourtesy: Foogiano/Instagram Authorities had originally said that 12 people were hurt, but later clarified that two victims were likely counted twice initially. Sheriff’s officials say a shooting at a South Carolina nightclub left two people dead and eight others wounded over the weekend.No one was immediately taken into custody following the early Sunday incident at Lavish Lounge.However, a Greenville County sheriff’s representative says they are looking for two people.center_img Of the eight individuals who were wounded, some reportedly have non-life-threatening injuries, while others are in critical condition.A Facebook post from the club says Foogiano was scheduled to perform there Saturday night.The rapper is safe, according to a representative.This is a developing story.last_img

CWI appoints Englishman to top commercial post

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Cricket West Indies(CWI have appointed Englishman Dominic Warne as director of Commercial, Marketing and Communications.The appointment, which took effect October 1, will see the executive taking responsibility for CWI’s commercial operations and revenue generation, along with marketing and communications initiatives.“I’m really excited to join CWI’s new leadership team and strengthen the iconic Windies brand,” Warne said.“The flamboyant cricket, colour and atmosphere that so defines Caribbean cricket is unique. We have a great opportunity to connect with fans and excite commercial sponsors, so I’m looking forward to growing partnerships with the territorial boards and sponsors to make the cricketing heartbeat of the region beat stronger.”According to CWI, Warne brings over two decades of marketing and sponsorship strategy to the new post.Warne, who will be based at the CWI headquarters here, joins another Englishman Johnny Grave, who was appointed CEO last February.last_img read more

NHL, players’ union announce tentative agreement to resume play on Aug. 1 and four-year extension of labor pact

first_img July 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — NHL, players’ union announce tentative agreement to resume play on Aug. 1 and four-year extension of labor pact. NHL, players’ union announce tentative agreement to resume play on Aug. 1 and four-year extension of labor pactcenter_img Associated Press last_img